We flew to Bergamo from Gdansk with low cost airlines. There are really cheap flight tickets out of season. We landed at the airport in a beautiful city under the Bergamian Alps after a two-hour flight. We bought 24-hour tickets for public transport at the tourist information office for a 5 euros and after less than 10 minutes we arrived by bus to the center of the lower city in Bergamo. This ticket allows you to use all public transport (including the Funicolare) and is valid for 24 hours from the first trip.
The gate Porta San Giacomo and the Venetian walls which surround the old town in Bergamo.
Panorama of the old city of Città Alta and a view of the hill with the ruins of Castello di San Vigilio in Bergamo. I took a picture from the Rocca di Bergamo area.
The view to the east of the city and the Alps from the fortress Rocca di Bergamo in the old town.
Funicolare di Bergamo Alta - funicular which can be accessed from the lower to the upper city. I recommend the Funicolare S.Vigilio to get to the fortress on the hill above the city. I marked the bottom station on the Google map.
Renaissance facade of the chapel (Cappella Colleoni) dedicated to St. John the Baptist at Piazza Duomo is made of multi-colored marble. The chapel is at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Interior of the baroque basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo. The church is located on Piazza del Duomo in the center of the historic district (Città Alta). More photos from the inside of the basilica are in the gallery: Museums in Bergamo.
Cross over the altar in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. More photos from the inside of the basilica are in the gallery: Museums in Bergamo.
The historic upper town (Città Alta) of Bergamo is not big but it is very charming. There are many monuments, historic buildings and churches that are worth visiting. I also recommend a walk in the newer and more commercial lower city.
Night walk in the rain in the old town. Photo of the fountain in the square: Piazza Vecchia and the Angelo Mai Library building.
Autumn in northern Italy surprised us with slightly low temperatures and quite a lot of rain. If you are planning a trip in October or November, you should take umbrellas with you.
A beautiful autumn sunny morning in Bergamo in Italy. After two days of rain, we could not let go of such a beautiful beginning of the day - quickly, without breakfast, we went again to see the city in a completely different light. The city is picturesquely situated at the foot of the Bergamian Alps. The mountains are just outside the city.
Italian cities have unique architecture. I like photographing urban landscapes with a telephoto lens. View of the old town from the park: Parco delle Rimembranze.
The lower city (Città Bassa) is the modern center of Bergamo. There is a town hall, a shopping avenue (Via XX Settembre) and numerous galleries and museums: Carrara Academy, Gallery of Modern Art (GAMeC), Matris Domini Museum and Teatro Donizetti.
On the third day around noon we bought (for around 5 euros) train tickets to Milan and went to visit this huge metropolis. Traveling around Italy by train is fast and efficient. In my opinion, it is not worth renting a car for such city tours because you will have a big problem finding parking spaces. It is better to find apartments in the center or use public transport.
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